Wise Warrior Gym (formerly REAL Self Defense Center)

Mission & Philosophy at the Wise Warrior Gym in Edmonton

The Wise Warrior is more than a training gym, it's a martial arts philosophy and lifestyle.


Mission Statement

“The Wise Warrior Gym is a training center and community for cultivating self-awareness, advancing personal well-being and fitness as well as facilitating student camaraderie. We believe the martial art and combative systems are the vehicles to achieve this." - Calen Paine, Wise Warrior & Owner, Edmonton

The Wise Warrior Gym aims to:

  • Provide our training members with relevant and functional self-defense, personal protection and sport combat-mixed martial art training.
  • Ensure an enjoyable, rewarding and fulfilling training experience.

Program Training Objectives

About the Mission & Philosophy of the Wise Warrior Gym, Edmonton

REAL Self Defense

To enhance the students survivability in real world confrontation and violence.

Sport Combat - Mixed Martial Arts

To produce a well-rounded, athletic mixed martial art combat practitioner.

Health & Well Being Fitness Training

To help students cultivate a healthy and fit lifestyle as well as practices that advance and enrich the student’s well-being.

Martial Arts for the Mind – Awareness Path

To assist students in cultivating and developing a keen, all-encompassing awareness. To promote and facilitate the consistent practice of an introspective and contemplative lifestyle. 

To provide the student with concepts, strategies and tools for managing the challenges and stresses they encounter in life. To assist the student in deciding, choosing and designing the life they want to live.


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Approach To Training

Friendly & Inclusive Training Environment.

The Wise Warrior Gym accommodates all ages (child to senior), all skill levels (beginner to advanced) and all fitness levels (out of shape to athletic) in a friendly atmosphere that cultivates a complete Martial Arts lifestyle.

All Students Train & Progress at Their Own Pace.

We understand that sometimes the hardest part about joining a martial arts school is actually walking in the front door. At the Wise Warrior Gym, you will be greeted in a respectful, friendly manner and will feel welcomed and comfortable from your first visit.

Constantly Evolving Training System

We've got our programs down to an art and a science.

Although we have been teaching and training for over 20 years, we are constantly evolving towards relevant and functional training; the “truth in combat”.

It is better to perfect key principles, strategies and techniques that work in most situations than have 500 techniques forgotten in battle. We won’t waste your time outdated training approaches and useless antiquated techniques.

Unique "Aliveness" Training Methodology

All training is done with “Aliveness” which means that it is done with a resisting partner. All combative skill development is done safely with isolated, progressive graduated harder resistance.

This is the only way the student can empirically test what will work for them. It also enables the student to troubleshoot and correct any technique they are training on.

You will literally experience functionality class-by-class, drill-by-drill. You will experience what works.



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